enlargement

noun

en·​large·​ment in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio)
en-
1
: an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged
2
: a photographic print larger than the negative that is made by projecting the negative image through a lens onto a photographic printing surface

Examples of enlargement in a Sentence

Symptoms include enlargement of the lymph nodes. The plans call for an enlargement of the company's offices.
Recent Examples on the Web The legacy of that historic enlargement was a mixture of frustration and fatigue. Laszlo Bruszt, Foreign Affairs, 30 May 2024 The prime example is the seemingly inexorable march of NATO enlargement, which numerous Western officials in the 1990s said, and seemingly believed, would not happen. Samuel Charap, Foreign Affairs, 5 Mar. 2024 The fear that comes from living so close to an increasingly bellicose China supersedes his concerns that enlargement could infringe on his pineapple and sugar cane fields. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2024 Another idea is to invite Ukraine to begin accession talks, a model borrowed from the EU enlargement process. Ivo Daalder, Foreign Affairs, 26 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for enlargement 

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Word History

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of enlargement was in 1540

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Cite this Entry

“Enlargement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlargement. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

enlargement

noun
en·​large·​ment in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio)
1
: an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged
2
: a photographic print made larger than the negative

Medical Definition

enlargement

noun
en·​large·​ment in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio)
: an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged
enlargement of the heart
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